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Scott Kildall
Year Grant Awarded 2011

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In the Spring of 2011, I was invited to be a resident artist of Recology San Francisco (a.k.a. The Dump). I treated this residency as a performance by creating a narrative around a prospector from a future time, who mines the the landfill to create imaginary technologies. Devices such as an infinite battery, a trans-dimensional mailbox and an emotional distillery permit the prospector to live comfortably in a place where resources are scarce and the terrain depopulated.

All of the materials were scavenged from the public disposal area. The resulting installation includes sculptures, video, paintings, performance and interactive works, evoking an alternate landscape, which engages a child-like imagination space. Referencing the construction of narrative itself, the set of inventions — ten in total — resemble movie props using stagecraft techniques. Each device includes a hand-painted blueprint that is also laser-etched, fusing DIY technology with ordinary materials. The fictitious devices offer an antidote to over-consumption culture in which citizens can repurpose municipal waste for creative ends.

I later brought this series of sculptures, painted blueprints and videos to the New York Hall of Science in a 4-month exhibition about urban renewal. At the close of the exhibition, in January 2013, I buried the Imagine 2049 Time Capsule at the New York Hall of Science. The capsule contains hundreds of ideas for Future Inventions, which were submitted by the public over the course of four months. Examples include a Smell Recorder, an Interspecies Communicator, and of course, many flying cars. This exercise in future-thinking, asks us to consider the long-term effects of our material existence.